Sascha Köstner (born August 25, 1975 in Darmstadt ) is a former German table tennis player . He is European youth champion in doubles, German champion in doubles and won the German team championship three times with Borussia Düsseldorf .
In the mid-1980s, the left-handed Köstner was discovered and promoted by the national coach Eva Jeler . In the Heidelberg table tennis center (DTTZ) he developed under the trainer "Mr.Li" Li Xian-Jue into one of the best German youngsters of his time. His first club was the FTG Frankfurt . At the German championships for students in 1989 he won the mixed title and a year later doubles. At the European Youth Championships in 1990 in Hollabrunn, he defeated Vladimir Samsonov in the student area and reached the final, in which he was defeated by the Russian Sergei Andrianov.
He achieved several other national successes:
- 1989 DM student: Winner in mixed with Julia Scheich
- 1989 Ranking tournament DTTB-TOP12 pupils: 2nd place (behind Gerd Richter)
- 1990 DM student: Winner in doubles with Björn Ungruhe
- 1990 DTTB-TOP12 students: Winner
- 1990 DM Youth: Winner in the individual
- 1991 DM youth: second in singles (behind Torben Wosik ), winner in mixed (with Karina Giese)
- 1991–1993 DTTB-TOP12 Youth: Winner
- 1992 Europe-TOP12 youth: 2nd place
- 1992 Victory at the International Youth Championships in Slovenia and England
- 1995 DM Juniors: Second in the individual (behind Gerd Richter)
He won international titles at the European Youth Championships. In 1991 and 1993 he won silver with the German team. In 1993 he became European champion in doubles (with Wladimir Samsonow ) and in mixed (with Nicole Delle ).
In 1992 Köstner was nominated for the individual competitions of the European Championship for Adults in Stuttgart. Here the then 16-year-old prevailed in the qualifying rounds and was defeated in the main draw by the Greek Kalinikos Kreanga . From 1990 he played for the Bundesliga club TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau . In 1992 he moved to Borussia Düsseldorf after quarrels with Grenzau . Here he was hired as a supplementary player who should gain experience in sporadic missions. However, when the regular Jörg Roßkopf was injured, Köstner had to play regularly, which, in the opinion of Eva Jeler, overwhelmed him. Nevertheless, he contributed to winning the German team championship in 1993, 1995 and 1996.
At the 1993 World Cup , Köstner competed in individual competitions. In 1994 he was German double champion with Christian Dreher .
End of professional career
When there was no further international success, Köstner decided to shift the focus away from table tennis to training as a physiotherapist. In 1997 he left Borussia Düsseldorf to play for clubs in the 2nd Bundesliga: TTG RS Hoengen (1997–1999), Post SV Hagen (until 2004), TTF Bönen (2004/05), DJK Germania Holthausen (2005–2007) , Tennis Borussia Berlin (2007/08), TuS Xanten (Regionalliga, from 2008).
Results from the ITTF database
|FRG||European Youth Championship (Cadets)||1989||Luxembourg||LUX||bronze|
|FRG||European Youth Championship (Cadets)||1990||Hollabrunn||AUT||silver|
|GER||European Youth Championship (Juniors)||1993||Ljubljana||SVN||Semifinals||gold||gold|
|GER||World Championship||1993||Gothenburg||SWE||Agony||Agony||last 128|
- Friedhard Teuffel: I don't really mourn anything , DTS magazine , 2005/2 page 13
- Manfred Schäfer: Youth Euros 1990 , DTS magazine , 1990/8, pages 38–41
- Sascha Köstner - Presentation, DTS magazine , 1992/4 page 11
- Manfred Schäfer: A game for life. 75 years of DTTB. (1925-2000) . Published by the German Table Tennis Association. DTTB, Frankfurt am Main 2000, ISBN 3-00-005890-7 , pages 163-174.
- ^ DTS magazine , 1992/6 page 21
- ↑ DTS magazine , 1992/5, page 23
- ↑ DTS magazine , 1992/11 page 24
- ↑ tischtennis magazine , 2005/2 page 13
- ↑ Sascha Köstner Results from the ITTF database on ittf.com (accessed on September 11, 2011)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German table tennis player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||August 25, 1975|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Darmstadt|